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Three ways to leverage composite indexes in Azure Cosmos DB

Composite indexes were introduced in Azure Cosmos DB at Microsoft Build 2019. With our latest service update, additional query types can now leverage composite indexes. In this post, we’ll explore composite indexes and highlight common use cases.

Index types in Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB currently has the following index types that are used for the following types of queries:

Range indexes:

  • Equality queries
  • Range queries
  • ORDER BY queries on a single property
  • JOIN queries

Spatial indexes:

  • Geospatial functions

Composite indexes:

  • ORDER BY queries on multiple properties
  • Queries with a filter as well as an ORDER BY clause
  • Queries with a filter on two or more properties

Composite index use cases

By default, Azure Cosmos DB will create a range index on every property...

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Azure Files premium tier gets zone redundant storage

Azure Files premium tier is now zone redundant!

We're excited to announce the general availability of zone redundant storage (ZRS) for Azure Files premium tier. Azure Files premium tier with ZRS replication enables highly performant, highly available file services, that are built on solid-state drives (SSD).

Azure Files ZRS premium tier should be considered for managed file services where performance and regional availability are critical for the business. ZRS provides high availability by synchronously writing three replicas of your data across three different Azure Availability Zones, thereby protecting your data from cluster, datacenter, or entire zone outage. Zonal redundancy enables you to read and write data even if one of the availability zones is unavailable.

With the release of th...

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HDInsight support in Azure CLI now out of preview

We are pleased to share that support for HDInsight in Azure CLI is now generally available. The addition of the az hdinsight command group allows you to easily manage your HDInsight clusters using simple commands while taking advantage of all that Azure CLI has to offer, such as cross-platform support and tab completion.

Key Features

  • Cluster CRUD: Create, delete, list, resize, show properties, and update tags for your HDInsight clusters.
  • Script actions: Execute script actions, list and delete persistent script actions, promote ad-hoc script executions to persistent script actions, and show the execution history of script action runs.
  • Manage Azure Monitor integration: Enable, disable, and show the status of Azure Monitor integration on HDInsight clusters.
  • Applications: Create, delete, list...
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SAP on Azure Architecture – Designing for security

This blog post was contributed to by Chin Lai The, Technical Specialist, SAP on Azure.

This is the first in a four-part blog series on designing a great SAP on Azure Architecture, and will focus on designing for security.

Great SAP on Azure Architectures are built on the pillars of security, performance and scalability, availability and recoverability, and efficiency and operations.

Microsoft investments in Azure Security

Microsoft invests $1 billion annually on security research and development and has 3,500 security professionals employed across the company. Advanced AI is leveraged to analyze 6.5 trillion global signals from the Microsoft cloud platforms and detect and respond to threats...

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Announcing Azure Private Link

Customers love the scale of Azure that gives them the ability to expand across the globe, while being highly available. Through the rapidly growing adoption of Azure, customers need to access the data and services privately and securely from their networks grow exponentially. To help with this, we’re announcing the preview of Azure Private Link.

Azure Private Link is a secure and scalable way for Azure customers to consume Azure Services like Azure Storage or SQL, Microsoft Partner Services or their own services privately from their Azure Virtual Network (VNet). The technology is based on a provider and consumer model where the provider and the consumer are both hosted in Azure...

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Announcing user delegation SAS tokens preview for Azure Storage Blobs

Cloud storage often serves as a content source for browser and mobile applications. This is typically achieved using application-issued, pre-authorized URLs which provide time-limited access directly to specific content without requiring a service to proxy this access.

Azure Storage supports this pattern through the use of shared access signature tokens (SAS tokens). These tokens grant specific, time-limited access to storage objects by signing an authorization statement using the storage account access key, which is controlled by account administrators...

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Announcing user delegation SAS tokens preview for Azure Storage Blobs

Cloud storage often serves as a content source for browser and mobile applications. This is typically achieved using application-issued, pre-authorized URLs which provide time-limited access directly to specific content without requiring a service to proxy this access.

Azure Storage supports this pattern through the use of shared access signature tokens (SAS tokens). These tokens grant specific, time-limited access to storage objects by signing an authorization statement using the storage account access key, which is controlled by account administrators...

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Azure Media Services' new AI-powered innovation

Animated character recognition, multilingual speech transcription and more now available

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. The media industry exemplifies this mission. We live in an age where more content is being created and consumed in more ways and on more devices than ever. At IBC 2019, we’re delighted to share the latest innovations we’ve been working on and how they can help transform your media workflows. Read on to learn more, or join our product teams and partners at Hall 1 Booth C27 at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 13th to 17th.

Video Indexer adds support for animation and multilingual content

We made our award winning Azure Media Services Video Indexer generally available at IBC last year, and this year it’...

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Azure Media Services' new AI-powered innovation

Animated character recognition, multilingual speech transcription and more now available

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. The media industry exemplifies this mission. We live in an age where more content is being created and consumed in more ways and on more devices than ever. At IBC 2019, we’re delighted to share the latest innovations we’ve been working on and how they can help transform your media workflows. Read on to learn more, or join our product teams and partners at Hall 1 Booth C27 at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 13th to 17th.

Video Indexer adds support for animation and multilingual content

We made our award winning Azure Media Services Video Indexer generally available at IBC last year, and this year it’...

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Expanded Azure Maps coverage, preview of Azure Maps feedback site, and more

This blog post was co-authored by Ricky Brundritt, Principal Technical Program Manager, Azure Maps.

Azure Maps services continue to expand our support for Microsoft enterprise customers’ needs in Azure. And, we’ve been busy expanding our capabilities. Today we’re announcing Azure Maps is now available in Argentina, India, Morocco, and Pakistan. We have also launched a new Azure Maps data feedback site that is now in preview. In addition, we’re also introducing several enhancements that are available via our Representational state transfer (REST) services and Azure Maps web and Android SDKs.

Here is a run-down of the new features:

Azure Maps is available in new countries and regions

Azure Maps is now available in Argentina, India, Morocco, and Pakistan and these regions require specific con...

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